The Nigerian army controversially announces the closure of the popular Banex Plaza in Abuja

He nigerian army has formally announced the closure of Banex Plaza in Abuja, a move expected to raise concerns about the role of the military in a democracy.

Army spokesperson Onyema Nwachukwu said the plaza, popular for the sale of phones and other electronic devices, was closed after an agreement with the plaza management to identify individuals who recently assaulted two soldiers.

“In response to this unfortunate incident, a meeting was convened with the management of Banex Plaza to identify and arrest the perpetrators of this heinous act by temporarily shutting down activities at the plaza…” Nwachukwu, a major general, said in a statement on Tuesday. .

PREMIUM TIMES reported how a mob, believed to be plaza workers, attacked two soldiers on Saturday, allegedly for selling a mobile phone.

A viral video on social networks showed the assault while the uniformed men tried to flee from their attackers.

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In apparent retaliation, a group of soldiers invaded the square where they also attacked some civilians.

The army spokesperson had told PREMIUM TIMES that the attack on the soldiers would be investigated.



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This newspaper also reported on Sunday that soldiers blocked the entrance to the square, essentially preventing any business in the square’s shops.

Incidents like those at Banex Plaza are supposed to be investigated by the police, who will then prosecute the culprits. The closure could also have been announced by civil authorities such as the Abuja administration or the Abuja Municipal Council Area, where the plaza is located.

Both the police and the Abuja administration he told PREMIUM TIMES On Tuesday night they were unaware of the plaza’s closure.

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“With all due respect, you know very well that the Police are not involved in all of this. Please channel all your complaints to the army,” Abuja police spokesperson Josephine Adeh told this newspaper via WhatsApp in response to our query.

“The military feels that someone has offended some of them and then they closed the market. It is morally wrong, it is legally wrong, it is illegal, it is unconstitutional and it should not be allowed in a democratic environment,” human rights lawyer Mojirayo Ogunlana told PREMIUM TIMES.

In his statement, Mr Nwachukwu suggested that the military was leading the investigation, saying the military wanted to prevent a deadly attack on soldiers as occurred recently in Okuama, Delta State.

“This investigation is ultimately aimed at ensuring the security of the Federal Capital Territory and preventing unjustified attacks on one’s own personnel and other security agents as has been observed in other areas such as the unfortunate attack in Okuama,” Mr Nwachukwu wrote. .

Read the Army’s full statement below.

Following the recent riots at Banex Plaza in Wuse, Abuja on Saturday, May 18, 2024, by as yet unidentified thugs who launched a brutal attack on some Nigerian Army personnel, a swift intervention by soldiers and police on internal security duties saved the situation and rescued the attacked staff from being lynched by the thugs.

It is important to note that the soldiers attacked were unarmed, did not participate in any type of aggression and did not represent a threat to anyone. Therefore, the cruel treatment meted out to them was totally unjustified and unjustifiable.

In response to this unfortunate incident, a meeting was called with the management of Banex Plaza to identify and arrest the perpetrators of this heinous act by temporarily shutting down activities in the plaza to ensure that the thugs who have been using the Banex neighborhood as a sanctuary who posed a threat to the security of the Federal Capital Territory were detained.

This contributes to the need for a thorough on-site investigation to determine the immediate and underlying causes of this chaos. Ultimately, this investigation aims to ensure the security of the Federal Capital Territory and prevent unjustified attacks on its own personnel and other security agents, as has been observed in other areas, such as the unfortunate attack in Okuama.

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The Nigerian Army will also ensure that it diligently investigates the circumstances surrounding the presence of the personnel in the square and the attack that followed.
However, these acts of violence against personnel are not only condemnable, but could degenerate into a breakdown of public order, orchestrating threats to national security.

Accordingly, the AN urges the public to exercise caution and restraint when dealing with military personnel and other security agents, especially when they are in uniform. There are established channels through which complaints or staff misconduct can be reported to the appropriate authorities. It is imperative that these channels be used to maintain order and respect for those who serve and protect our nation.

ONYEMA NWACHUKWU
Major General
Army Public Relations Director



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